verb (used with object)

Origin of redeem

1375–1425; late Middle English redemen < Middle French redimer < Latin redimere, equivalent to red- red- + -imere, combining form of emere to purchase (cf. emptor, ransom)
Related formspre·re·deem, verb (used with object)un·re·deemed, adjective

Synonyms for redeem

1–3. repurchase. Redeem, ransom both mean to buy back. Redeem is wider in its application than ransom, and means to buy back, regain possession of, or exchange for money, goods, etc.: to redeem one's property. To ransom is to redeem a person from captivity by paying a stipulated price, or to redeem from sin by sacrifice: to ransom a kidnapped child. 8, 9. free, liberate, rescue, save.

Antonyms for redeem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unredeemed

Contemporary Examples of unredeemed

  • What happened in 1964 was an unredeemed and unmitigated catastrophe for Republicans and conservatives.

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    Fool's Gold

    David Frum

    February 13, 2013

Historical Examples of unredeemed

  • For unredeemed devilishness, the dervishes have had no equals.

  • The girl's face was as it had been from the first, unredeemed evil.

    The Angel

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • If the known effects are unredeemed, the suspicion is not unnatural, that so are the unknown.

  • Do they want that the King's Message will for ever remain unfulfilled and unredeemed?

    India for Indians

    C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das

  • Like Hull's defeat, it was unredeemed by a single glimmer of light.

British Dictionary definitions for unredeemed


verb (tr)

to recover possession or ownership of by payment of a price or service; regain
to convert (bonds, shares, etc) into cash
to pay off (a promissory note, loan, etc)
to recover (something pledged, mortgaged, or pawned)
to convert (paper money) into bullion or specie
to fulfil (a promise, pledge, etc)
to exchange (trading stamps, coupons, etc) for goods
to reinstate in someone's estimation or good opinion; restore to favourhe redeemed himself by his altruistic action
to make amends for
to recover from captivity, esp by a money payment
Christianity (of Christ as Saviour) to free (mankind) from sin by his death on the Cross
Derived Formsredeemer, noun

Word Origin for redeem

C15: from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere to buy back, from red- re- + emere to buy
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Word Origin and History for unredeemed



early 15c., "buy back, ransom," from Middle French redemer "buy back," from Latin redimere (see redemption). Theological sense of "deliver from sin and spiritual death" is from c.1500. Meaning "make amends for" is from 1520s. Sense of "make good" (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840. Related: Redeemed; redeeming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper